While the US tries to designate Iraq as
independent from Iranian influence, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iranian firms should have a key role in rebuilding Iraq
after the fight against ISIS.
Obviously trying to drive a wedge between the US and Iraq, Tehran's top diplomat spoke to a number of IMIS commanders in a rare meeting with Iraqi paramilitary units, during which he said that Iraqis are the ones who defeated ISIS, not the US.
"The world has realized the truth – that the US wasn't the one who defeated Daesh (ISIS). You were, and that's why they exerted pressure on you and on us," he told gathered commanders in Farsi.
Many IMIS factions receive military and political support from Iran. Some commanders have been blacklisted by the US, which also reimposed tough sanctions on Iran last year after pulling out of an international deal on Tehran's nuclear program.